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DUTY STATION: Home Based with the possibility of travel
FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Consultant: To summarize the role of land in the new development agenda and make recommendations on the potential responses and key interventions of UN-Habitat and GLTN in the coming six (6) years.
DURATION: 01 December  2016 – 31 May 2017 (35 working days spread over 6 months)
CLOSING DATE: 18 November 2016


The Land and GLTN Unit, located within the Urban Legislation, Land and Governance (ULLG) Branch of UN-Habitat, has the task to develop, test and disseminate pro-poor and gender responsive land tools and approaches within the continuum of land rights framework. While there has been extensive global discussion around land policies that work for the poor, there has been insufficient attention paid to the development of methods for developing and implementing these pro-poor land policies. Consequently what are required are land tools that are affordable and accessible for all sections of the population in countries around the world. This is essential for creating societies with sustainable, equal access and use of land. Work has already started on these approaches, both for developing and post-conflict situations and countries. Incremental expansion of this work over time, as capacity is developed, is taking place in partnership with the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), the Secretariat of which is located at UN-Habitat (see Established in 2006, GLTN is a growing coalition of more than 70 international partners concerned with rural and urban land issues, working together to contribute to poverty reduction and sustainable development through promoting secure land and property rights for all, demonstrated through country-level interventions.

Recently, the endorsement of various global and regional frameworks has provided an impetus for the global land sector community as new opportunities emerged through these frameworks. For example, the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which has specific land indicators provides a momentum to address land governance issues at various levels. The New Urban Agenda (Habitat III) endorsed by Member States in October 2016 also clearly highlights the need for tenure security for all and the need for sustainable use and management of land and natural resources. Before these frameworks, there are other global instruments that were put in place to guide the sector towards a holistic approach in addressing the land governance and land tenure issues. Specifically, we have the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGTs) and at regional level; we have the agreed Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa (F&G). In other international instruments and resolutions, the importance of land is also well embedded.

With these new opportunities, other new emerging concerns of relevance to the land debate and with the recently concluded Mid-Term Review of the Global Land Tool Network Phase 2 Programme, UN-Habitat see the opportunity to re-align its priorities and key interventions on land. Specifically, GLTN will initiate its strategic framework preparation including the Phase 3 programme development. Meanwhile, the Land and GLTN Unit of UN-Habitat will need to develop its own strategic framework taking note of the new mandates presented by the New Urban Agenda and other frameworks. At the end, these separate but related plans of actions need to be complementary with one another and should support each other.

With the above context, there is a need to initiate the preparation of strategic plans for GLTN and for the Land and GLTN Unit through this consultancy work. The outputs of the consultancy will be used by UN-Habitat to inform the preparation for the Strategy Paper for GLTN and for the strategic response of UN-Habitat’s Land and GLTN Unit to the New Urban Agenda (Habitat III).


The consultant, under the direction of the designated Task Coordinator, will have the following responsibilities:

Output 1 - Review the most relevant and recent global and regional frameworks and summarize the provisions, principles and indicators related to land (and natural resources) or the role of land in achieving the specific development objectives with brief annotations or descriptions (35%).

  • At the minimum, these frameworks include the SDGs, VGGTs, Habitat III, Frameworks and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa, Paris Convention (COP), Universal Declaration of Human Rights, related UN-GA resolutions, international conventions and agreements and UN-Habitat resolutions.
  • Aside from the direct provisions on land, the summary should include a description on the role of land (land governance, land use, land tenure, land administration, etc.) on other cross-cutting issues like gender, youth, capacity development, governance, human rights, environment, climate change, etc. and key thematic areas like food security, housing, urban and rural development, post-disaster/conflict and other key themes/issues.
  • The summary should then be categorised in two parts: 1. Primary provisions on land and 2. Supporting provisions.
  • The summary should contain some analysis through brief annotations, descriptions and highlights as maybe applicable including some distinctions in terms of the potential global, regional, country or local applications.  It should also contain potential and future opportunities, priorities, partnerships and innovative actions needed.
  • Prior to preparation of a draft Report, an annotated outline should be agreed with Task Coordinator.
  • The consultant should then prepare a draft Report and seek comments from the GLTN Secretariat as guided by the Task Coordinator.
  • After considerations of the comments and inputs received, the consultant should then finalize the report and prepare a generic power point highlighting the key features of the final report.

 Expected Delivery of the Output: 22 December 2016

OUTPUT 2: Review the current work, plans and priorities of the UN-Habitat's Land and GLTN Unit and the Global Land Tool Network. Given the reviewed frameworks and building from the current work, identify key areas for interventions and priorities in the coming six (6) years of the Unit and of the Global Land Tool Network (35%).

  • This include the review Land and GLTN Unit and GLTN key documents and reports including recent annual progress reports, project documents, evaluation reports,  MTR, website, etc.
  • As necessary, conduct interviews with key Unit staff and UN-Habitat staff to gather more information, more reference documents, suggestions, views and opinions.
  • Undertake analysis and draw some connections with the reviewed frameworks and current work and priorities.
  • Prepare a summary report highlighting the match between key mandates and critical areas (from the various frameworks) and current work, future thinking and priorities of the Unit and GLTN.
  • The summary report should highlight the consultant's thinking and suggestions on priority opportunities and the key strategic areas for interventions and priorities in the coming 5-7 years by the Unit and GLTN and to briefly describe the identified gaps, challenges and key opportunities.
  • The report should have a distinction between the Land and GLTN Unit within the UN-Habitat (with greater emphasis on the New Urban Agenda and SDG Goal 11) and the Global Land Tool Network as an alliance of international land partners (including UN-Habitat). The specific roles of the GLTN Secretariat should also be clearly articulated.
  • The summary report should also identify roles and responsibilities, needed institutional arrangements, management support and facilitating factors to properly implement the suggested key strategic interventions or priorities.

 Expected Delivery of the Output: 31 January 2017

Output 3 - Given the identified key areas for interventions and priorities for the Unit and for GLTN, conduct a quick validation and consultations and firm up and finalize the summary report on Output 2 (30%).

  • At the minimum, the consultations will involve further interviews with key UN-Habitat and GLTN Secretariat staff, soliciting specific comments and inputs on the draft Report (output 2) and if applicable, administering a survey (e.g. monkey survey) for select staff and individuals.
  • The consultant  will further connect and consult some key GLTN partners (as suggested by GLTN Secretariat) like those with the International Advisory Board and Steering Committee
  • As necessary, the consultant may be asked to contribute in the preparation of GLTN Strategy Document, updated GLTN Gender Strategy and GLTN Phase 3 Programme Document in relation to the above terms of reference and outputs.
  • At the minimum, the consultant will be asked a presentation of the draft Report virtually, but it may also be possible to have a “physical” presentation in Nairobi.
  • After consultations, the consultant should then finalize the Output 2 report and develop a generic powerpoint presentation highlighting the key features of the final report.

 Expected Delivery of the Output: 24 February 2017


Payments will be done in three stages, based on deliverables over the consultancy period

  • 35% of the total is payable upon satisfactory completion of  Output 1deliverables
  • 35% of the total is payable upon satisfactory completion of Output 2 deliverables
  • 30% of the total is payable upon satisfactory completion of Output 3 deliverables


Professionalism:  Knowledge and understanding of principles and approaches relevant to effectively carry analysis around land, land governance, land tenure and global frameworks and urban and rural development.  Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to assist with data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis and summarize salient features including  familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases.  Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities.  Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

Communication:  Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Teamwork:  Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Planning & Organizing:  Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.


Advanced education or degree in land administration and management, land use, urban development and planning, international relations or related social sciences is required.


  • A minimum of 15 years of experience working in the field of land management, land rights and innovative land tools is required.
  • Working experience in both urban and rural sector in the developing countries particularly in Africa and Asia is an advantage.
  • Previous working experience with international development agencies is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct rigorous research into land and tenure issues in the global context.
  • Demonstrated skill in both conceptual and practical analysis of complex issues, and in producing clear arguments and constructive recommendations for future action.
  • Extensive knowledge on global land governance issues and existing global land-related frameworks and instruments.
  • Previous experience in undertaking similar land related research is preferred.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the post advertised, excellent proficiency in spoken and written English is required. Knowledge of a second UN language is an advantage.


  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to work to schedule, but where requested to be flexible with changes in timelines.


The rate is determined by functions performed. The fees will be paid upon satisfactory delivery of outputs as per agreement. Where applicable, travel costs of the consultant (airplane ticket economy class), transfers, and daily allowance as per the UN rate is payable in addition to the daily fee

Applications should include:

  • Cover memo (maximum 1 page)
  • Summary CV (maximum 2 pages), indicating the following information:
  • Educational Background (incl. dates)
  • Professional Experience (assignments, tasks, achievements, duration by years / months)
  • Expectations regarding remuneration (daily rate for period of up to 25 days)
  • List of referees

Optional: Applicants are encouraged to include a document that describes or demonstrates her / his ability to perform the tasks given above.         

All applications should be submitted to:

Ms. Josephine Ruria     


P.O. Box 30030, 00100 Nairobi, Kenya

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Deadline for applications: 18 November 2016


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Contact Info:

Location: Gigiri, UN Complex
Office: NOF South Wing Block 3
Telephone: +254 207623858
Email: gltn[at]

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